We haven't been to the Disneyland Resort since Christmas, due in part to rainy weather and winter illnesses circulating through our family. This afternoon we made a brief impromptu visit to both California Adventure and Disneyland to see a couple of new-to-us attractions.
We started at California Adventure so we could check out the Blue Sky Cellar:
The Blue Sky Cellar utilizes sketches, models, a movie, and more to offer detailed previews of the changes coming to DCA. (Click any of the photos in this post to enlarge.)
The entrance will end up looking rather like the Art Deco entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida:
A model of the Red Car which will be available to ride at the new entrance plaza:
I love the "re-Imagineering" of the Orange Stinger, which will reopen next year as the Silly Symphony Swings:
A model of Paradise Pier, where the Sun Wheel is being rethemed with Mickey Mouse:
Cars Land will feature a replica of Radiator Springs, including a ride resembling Epcot's Test Track:
More changes coming to Paradise Pier include a LITTLE MERMAID dark ride, new "Disney" theming for Mulholland Madness, and the World of Color water and fireworks show. Here are some design sketches for the World of Color:
And outside the Cellar, work for the World of Color goes on behind these walls:
One more year to wait for the World of Color!
I'm thrilled with all the coming changes -- although I do wish there were a way to preserve Pizza Oom Mow Mow, which has a wonderfully detailed '60s surfing theme and is one of our favorite places to eat lunch. It's going to be replaced with a restaurant more in keeping with the new early 1900s theming of Paradise Pier.
I'm delighted that current Disney management has been so willing to admit the shortcomings in the park's original design and invest in making it a truly spectacular Disney theme park.
Previous posts on the California Adventure renovations: October 16, 17, and 18, 2007; January 8, 2008; February 11, 2008.
Photos from the Disneyland part of today's visit are posted above.